Out of all the trainers I’ve had during my career, Tuck has helped me out the most. Other trainers I’ve had just threw together workouts that were unorganized and didn’t necessarily meet my physical needs. Tuck did an analysis of the way my body moved and conducted an assessment. From there he created a program tailored to my specific needs. Not only did I go into training camp in the best shape of my life, but I played better than I had in a while!!
Collegiate Tennis player Ohio State
I needed to lose weight and lose weight fast. I tried P90x and a couple of other programs but they just weren’t working. So I contacted Tuck, because I heard good things about his company. In our consultation he told me about his Beast Athletics Transformation program. He said I would lose 15-25 lbs in just 1 month. Well he was not lying! I LOST 20 lbs in just 4 WEEKS on the program!. I’m starting to see muscles on my body that I did not know I had and I’m in the best shape of my life! Tuck is a TRUE FITNESS PROFESSIONAL. He pushes you to your highest potential in every workout! I would suggest Tuck and his Beast Athletics program to anyone. If RESULTS is what you want, then Tuck is the trainer for you!
I first starting training with Tuck in the beginning of 2007. I was going through a rough patch and just joined a gym after being lazy the previous couple of years. I’m an athlete, and have been pretty much my entire life, but once the organized sports stopped and I ignored nutrition labels, my unhealthy habits finally caught up to me. I was lucky to meet Tuck when I did, because he has, to this day, been the best trainer I have had the last couple of years. I was blessed because he incorporated cardio with basketball drills into my workouts so not only was I sweating, but it was increasing my skill level simultaneously. I lost a total of 40 lbs of the course of 6 months training with Tuck. He never once gave up on me and pushed me to limits I didn’t know existed within myself. I will forever thank him for helping create the will power I now know is in me and will continue to use the rest of my healthy and fit life.
Tuck has a true passion for training and is enthusiastic about empowering people to make a change. Tuck challenges you to mentally and physically push past your pre-existing boundaries and shows you that what was thought to be impossible is possible. In my first month training with Tuck I lost 6 inches! And in a month and a half have gone from a size 11 to 8. The truth of training with Tuck is clearly in those numbers! He is an extremely dynamic trainer and keeps my workouts challenging yet fun. Tuck preaches that to obtain your fitness goal, one not only has to be strong in body but more importantly strong in mind! Out of all the trainers I have met with (5 total) Tuck has yielded the best results and in the fastest time. I’m a dedicated BEAST and I love it!
Tuck is the best trainer I have ever had and Beast Boot Camp is the best workout I’ve EVER had!! I came to Tuck with the goals of toning up and dropping some pounds for the beach season. Within the first couple of weeks of training I started seeing NOTICEABLE results!! The workouts are challenging but Tuck conducts them in a manner that makes them FUN! Women of all ages participate in the classes and we all work together to achieve a healthier mind and body. Tuck’s upbeat and energetic attitude creates a POSITIVE environment in which EVERYONE can thrive! I really appreciate his help and training with him is one of the best investments I’ve made. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for results that LAST!
Tuck’s training method is insane!!! His knowledge of sports and movement allow the workouts to be very effective while staying sport specific. Not only did I get faster and stronger while training with him but I also became an overall better athlete. Tuck’s knowledge and creative approach to training makes the workouts tough but Fun!!!
Bluntly, if you want results…you want Tuck. It is so true. I have been through it all when it comes to my weight loss strife! I have tried ALL the diets out there: Weight Watcher’s, Jenny Craig, Doctor mediated and controlled diets, Hoodia, Chitosan, South Beach, everything! Every single one of them put me in an unrealistic situation to lose weight and resulted in gaining the 55lbs (that I so desperately needed to lose) back! Tuck has given weight loss a whole new meaning for me! I have been with him since November 2007 and I have lost 18 inches all around my body and 15lbs and it is only February 2008! Through his interesting and exciting training techniques and outstanding knowledge of anatomy and physiology, Tuck has made me a very happy client! I am still with him and plan on being with him for another few months, but when it comes down to getting results, Tuck is going to do anything he can to get you the dream body you desire, in a healthy, smart, and efficient way!
Since I have been training with Tuck, I’ve become stronger and leaner. The techniques he uses are smarter and more effective than exercises I’ve done in the past. Tuck is sure that I make every rep count and pushes me to push myself. He keeps my workouts creative and fun while tailoring them to my goals and abilities. I would recommend training with Tuck to anyone who is serious about living a healthier lifestyle.
I first started working out with Tuck about a month ago. I was apprehensive at first because I had never worked out with a personal trainer; however, after my first session with him I knew I had made a good decision. I always thought it was boring to go and work out. Since I have been training with Tuck working out is now exciting. From the upper body workouts to the lower body, Tuck always makes the work outs interesting and fun and he never repeats an exercise more than once, so it never gets boring. With his upbeat personality and his “go-getter” attitude he made me realize that I can do this if I put my mind to it. Tuck is the type of trainer who will push you to your limit, because he knows you will like the results in the end. I am very grateful for Tuck, even though it has only been a month, I have already lost ten inches and have all the energy in the world. Because I made the decision to have Tuck as my personal trainer I now know that the goal I have had set in mind for the longest time, will now become a reality and no longer be just a dream!
Training with Tuck was an awesome experience. His knowledge of the human body and how it works related to sport is amazing. I saw immediate results while training with him. I felt quicker, faster, and stronger and it showed in my on the court play. Not only is he very knowledgeable but he is a great motivator. He pushed me to new heights and for that I’m forever thankful.
Tuck is not only a great trainer, he’s a role model. His positive attitude and love for training is contagious. He is awesome at taking your weaknesses and turning them into your strengths. Tuck motivates me during our sessions to make every rep and pushes my body to new levels. After our workout sessions i truly feel like a “Beast”. Training with him makes playing soccer a lot easier. My body doesn’t get as tired and i feel faster than ever!! I’m proud to be a part of Beast Athletics not because it has made me a better athlete, but because it has made me a better person!!
Being the owner of my own company and the mother of three, my time is very limited. I came to Tuck to tone up for photo shoots and to maintain my overall health. In just 30 minute workouts, Tuck transformed my body and elevated my fitness level I ways I never imagined!!! If you are SERIOUS about getting into shape, Beast Athletics is the answer!!!
As a competitive kick boxer I’ve used many trainers through out the bay area. Most of them take you through the same work outs and stick to standard exercises which do not help me excel in my sport. That was not the case when I started with Tuck. His innovative approach not only kept me from feeling like I got a “canned work out” but his speed and agility drills took me to that next level. I was already in decent shape when I started, but Tuck pushed me so I would get into great shape. My quickness improved and I felt better and lighter on my feet than ever before. For a fighter that makes all the difference. I can truly say that Beast Athletics tremendously improved my strength,agility, and conditioning.
Beast Athletics is awesome! I have been to 3 personal trainers and Tuck was the best out of them all. He actually focused on the important things and helped me achieve my goals. I needed to improve on my speed and agility and just in a couple weeks i did! I came out with a lot more achievements as well like being a lot more flexible too. He also helps you prevent injury’s unlike most trainers. I am very happy with my results. Thank you to Tuck and Beast Athletics i am going to The Ohio State University in great shape and ready to kick ass!
“I went to Tuck 5 months ago with the goal of losing weight before my wedding. After the first couple weeks I noticed a change in the way I felt and looked. Tuck trains everyone as if they are athletes. This helped me stay motivated and it challenged my mind a body in ways I never imagined. Tuck has been a BIG help in keeping me focused as I have been keeping off the weight even after the wedding. Beast Boot Camp is a FUN and AFFORDABLE workout and I HIGHLY recommend it to EVERYONE!!.”
Training with Tuck and Beast Athletics has been an awesome experience. He not only taught me the tools to reach my weight loss goals but he also inspired me to want to achieve them. Between strength training and Beast Boot Camp I lost 13 pounds and dropped 4 dress sizes ! I also achieved toned lean muscles and most importantly had a great time doing it. Thanks Tuck! #IMABEAST
Beast Athletics is the best!!! Tuck always makes sure that you get the best out of every workout. His sessions are organized and very functional. He really focuses on technique and executing all of the drills correctly. I came to him with hopes of increasing my speed and agility and in in only 3 weeks I saw a huge improvement. Thanks to Tuck and Beast Athletics, I’m going into my junior season in the best shape of my life!!! I am officially a certified B.E.A.S.T!!!
When I decided I wanted to lose some weight and build up some strength and stamina, I decided to connect with a personal trainer. Lucky for me that I found Tuck with Beast Athletics. Tuck looked at my lifestyle, my current condition and my history of medical issues and designed a program specifically for me to meet my goals. The workouts were challenging but fun and he made sure to vary the workouts to keep me from getting bored. Tuck ‘s expertise as a fitness professional and his great personality made it easier for me to make the changes I needed to become more fit and I lost 25lbs in NO TIME! Thanks Tuck for helping me on my journey to fitness and good health.
The Beast Athletics School of Flight took my game to the next level!! I increased my vertical by 5inches and I’m jumping higher than i ever had before. In senior year in high school I got 13 dunks and was shocking people in the crowd by my athletic ability! Tuck taught me the proper way to jump and did analysis on my mechanics. From there he put me through an 8 week program that consisted of many different modes of exercise. By the end of the 8 weeks i was jumping out of the gym!!!! If you are looking to increase your vertical jump and become an overall better athlete, the Beast Athletics School of Flight is the way to go!!
Losing weight after having my baby was nearly impossible for me on my own, so I sought the help of Beast Athletics with Tuck as my personal trainer. What a difference it makes to have someone who pushes you to do your best and teaches you about good nutrition and the lifestyle changes that are needed to not only lose weight but to maintain good health. I lost a total of 45 lbs. while working with Tuck and my body is getting back to pre-baby condition. I couldn’t have done it without Tuck and Beast Athletics!!
There are a lot of personal trainers out there today, but Tuck has to be in the elite category of this profession. He is on point with the nutrition and exercises and knows how to help you reach your goal. He is so enthusiastic about health and fitness that it becomes contagious. He works individually with me to give me challenging yet achievable goals. I am a singer by profession and working with Tuck allowed me to mold my body so that I can showcase it with pride as I perform on stage. I highly recommend Tuck and Beast Athletics if you are serious about getting fit and making some lifestyle changes.
Results!! That’s what I got with Beast Athletics and Tuck as my personal trainer. As a professional choreographer, fitness is a priority. Tuck is very knowledgeable and passionate about fitness. He does a great job of tailoring the programs to meet his client’s needs. He offers great encouragement and motivation along the way. Thanks to Beast Athletics I’ve lost 30 lbs. over the last 2 months and my stamina has increased.
I battled my weight for over 8 years before I heard about Beast Transformations. During this time I tried every kind of diet you can imagine. Some diets worked a bit, other didn’t work at all, but in the end I always gained back what I had lost. My motivation was drained and I accepted the fact that I was going to be overweight for the rest of my life. I hired Tuck Taylor as my trainer and joined his BEAST TRANSFORMATIONS program. I couldn’t believe it but in 6 weeks I lost 25 lbs!! People were constantly telling me how good i looked and that motivated me to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle after i was done with the program!! If weight loss is the problem, BEAST ATHLETICS is the answer!!
Hi!, I am John, a 56 year old physician. I have been training with Tuck for more than 2 years. He has helped me rehab a knee injury that could have required surgery, and a broken forearm. Since I have started working with Tuck, I started running after an 18 year “lay off” and finished the 2009 Breast cancer 5K at a new personal best! I am in the best shape of my life! I have referred patient athletes to Tuck and he has helped them vastly improve their abilities and recover form athletic injury. I wouldn’t claim to be a BEAST yet… but I am working at it! Just get started!
Started training with Tuck after I saw my son’s results in his training with Tuck. My son plays basketball and not only did he get in terrific shape, but his basketball skills improved too! I was also pleased that Tuck seemed to provide a good role model for my son as well. As for myself, I presented some challenges for Tuck with a health condition affecting my endurance and ability to work out. I was pleasantly surprised one day when during my session, Tuck told me he had done some research on my condition and was altering my workout accordingly. It worked for me and now I can work out with more endurance and my body is beginning to show the results after years of trying to get in shape with not much change. Tuck truly takes his business seriously and is good at what he does. I have rarely done the same exercise twice with him in almost a year as he is very creative and mixes it up to keep it interesting. I would highly recommend him as a personal trainer for anyone!
We all want a nice booty, right?
Incorporate the following best backside exercises in your regular strength routine and you’ll burn fat, shape and firm your booty, sculpt surrounding muscle groups, and rev up your metabolism.
1. Kettlebell Swings
Kettlebell swings combine strength and cardio training to redefine your backside. In addition to toning your glutes and hip flexors, you’ll work your core, and cardiovascular system (an all-in-one exercise). Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Place the kettlebell about one foot in front of you. Push your hips backward, with a slight bend in the knee (shins almost vertical) and reach forward, placing both hands on the kettlebell. From your “hike position” (hips pushed backward, back flat, and chest out) hike the kettlebell behind you, with a purpose (don’t let go).Drive your hips forward, while contracting your glutes and tucking your tailbone under, to swing the kettlebell (always above the knees) until you are standing at “attention” with your hands about chest height.
Important Tips: Always make sure to keep your abs tight (this will keep your lower back protected.) Keep your neck in line with the rest of your spine. Always drive the swing with your hips and NOT your arms. If the bell ever gets too far out in front of you, never reach for it- just let it drop!
Lunges are a workout staple that will firm your butt and tone your legs. Start with your feet hip width apart then step forward with one leg. Keeping your abs tight, chest high, and spine straight, sink down into the move until your front thigh is parallel to the floor and your back knee is almost touching the ground. Concentrate on squeezing your glutes as you push through your front heel back to the starting position. Important tip: don’t let your moving knee extend past your toes.
3. Step Ups
This is a great exercise for your butt as well as your quads and calves. Step ups also increase your heart rate so you’ll get the extra benefit of fat-blasting cardio. Stand with your right foot firmly planted on a step or a bench, your left foot on the floor. Push down through your right heel to straighten and stand on your right leg, squeezing your glutes at the top of the movement. At the same time, pull your left leg forward and up, knee bent 90 degrees and raised waist-high. Lower your left leg back to the ground, then step your right foot down. Alternate legs to make one rep.
4. Hip Extensions
Like lunges, hip extensions can be performed anywhere and without equipment. The key to this movement is positioning your weight so that your butt does the brunt of the work, not your legs. On your hands and knees, you’ll focus the main effort in your glutes and lower back without involving your hamstrings. Tighten your core and squeeze your butt to lift one leg toward the ceiling, keeping the 90 degree bend and flexing your foot so you’re reaching with your heel as you raise your thigh in line with your spine. Keep the movement slow and controlled to the top and then back down again.
5. One-Legged Deadlifts
One-legged deadlifts do triple duty, activating your muscles for a highly effective toning session that works your butt, hamstrings, and lower back. Holding a kettlebell/dumbbell in each hand, stand with your feet hip width apart, knees soft. Keeping your weight firmly on your left leg, lean forward from your hips, reaching the dumbbells toward your left foot and raising your right leg out behind you. Remember to keep your core tight and not round your back. Now stand straight, squeezing your glutes as you come back to start. Do a full series of reps before switching to your right leg for the second half of the set.
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If we could choose one area of our body that we would like to lose some fat from, there is little doubt that the stomach would be a popular choice with a lot of people. A big belly hanging over your jeans is not a good look and can leave you depressed, frustrated, and with a low self esteem. Before we can focus on losing some belly fat, it would be helpful to know what the causes of belly fat are.
As you get older, your body naturally gains body fat and loses muscle tissue without any change to your diet or activity levels. This is due in part to the fact that your metabolism slows down, resulting in your body burning less calories. Unfortunately a lot of this fat gets stored around the stomach. A solid nutrition and exercise program must implemented to slow this process down!
This may surprise you (not), but eating too much food (particularly with a high-fat content) will pile fat on to your belly. If you consume more calories in a day than you burn off, the excess is stored as fat. The majority of us tend to eat far more food than our bodies actually need. Even if you are not willing to change your diet, you should at least think about cutting your portion sizes. Start eating in a slower and more deliberate manner, and stopping the moment you start to feel full.
There is a reason why it is called a beer belly, alcoholic (and lager in particular) drinks are full of calories. If you are serious about losing the beer gut, then you need to cut back on the booze and take more regular exercise. You could drink bottles instead of pints, switch to light beer or even give up drinking at home.
What Are Dangerous Levels Of Belly Fat?
Too much fat around the belly can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Measuring your waist is an excellent way of checking if you have an unhealthy level of belly fat. If you are a man with a waist of over 40 inches or a woman with a waist that measures more than 35 inches, then you really need to think about making changes.
How To Lose Fat Off Your Belly?
Just doing endless crunches will not get rid of belly fat, it will just strengthen the muscles underneath the fat. Regular intense cardiovascular exercise (activity that raises your heart rate) 3-4 times a week is a great idea as well as a well balanced diet packed with whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables.
1. Stop Using Weight Machines!
Weight machines are sexy, sleek, shiny, and smooth. Perhaps that is why gym owners and lazy personal trainers have fallen head over heels in love with them.
Gym owners pack their gyms with these eye catching devices so that they could get more people into their gyms without having a large amount of trainers on staff. Those gym goers who do utilize personal training services often get a highly paid escort who walks them from machine to machine and adjusts the setting for them. Do you know how to spot a good trainer? One who never takes their clients to the weight machines!
Without getting too biological on you, your muscles do not work in isolation – they work in a chain of movement. The most evil of machines, the leg extension machine, is a prime example – it is just not a natural movement. It has absolutely nothing to do with how our legs are used in everyday life – for walking, climbing, and descending.
Don’t get me wrong – machines do have their place in the fitness world. However, they are most beneficial to two populations – bodybuilders who are looking to correct a deficiency or weak point, and physical therapy patients who are trying to rebuild strength and regain range of motion. They are not meant for people looking to lose fat!
People looking to lose fat need to utilize free weights, body weight exercises, and various other equipment like medicine balls, resistance bands, and balance trainers – essentially training movements not specific muscles.
2. Stop Using the Handles on Cardio Machines!
It cracks me up every time I see someone who is using a treadmill and is holding on to the bar in front of them for dear life with a white-knuckled grip. Maybe you’ve seen the people who are draped all over the stairmaster or stepmill with their arms, and their heads facing down while their back is unnaturally curved. There are even those who hold on to the siderails on the stepmills or elliptical machines and push up with their arms (or my all time favorites are the people who contort their arms so that their wrists are facing forward!)
What do these people all have in common? They are wasting their time! Bars are meant for balance only – not as a crutch to use when the going gets tough during exercise. When you walk or run outside, do you have anything to hold on to? Unless you run while pushing a shopping cart (very odd!) or stroller (if you must), let go of the handles. You’ll expend more energy and use more muscle, thus getting a more efficient and effective workout.
I know what you’re thinking – “What about the elliptical machines with the handles that pump back and forth? Don’t I get more of a calorie burn from them?” In short, no. Pumping your arms back and forth without touching the handles will of be far more benefit to burning fat.
3. Never Workout Without Recording Your Results as You Go!
Whether you use a good old fashioned paper and pencil, or a tricked-out PDA, keep track of your workouts EVERY TIME you go to the gym.
Every time in the gym, you should be focused on doing a little bit more than you did the last time – a Kaizen approach to fitness. Let’s say you did 3 sets of 5 chin-ups in your last workout – you should strive for 3 sets of 6 chin-ups next time out. If you fail, that’s ok – the quality of your workouts will be affected by many variables like nutrition, amount of sleep, outside stress, etc. Even if you did one set of 6 chin-ups followed by two more sets of 5, you’ve bested your personal record. And how would you know that? Because you were keeping track!
I have detailed workout journals that span years. Not only do I note the sets, reps, time, etc. but also any other notes that would have come into play (e.g., “gym crowded – forced me to substitute Exercise X for Exercise Y; poor sleep the night before; feeling nauseous). This helps you to put some context around your performance. Your solution does not need to be fancy – a notebook is fine, though there are software packages you can use. No matter what you choose, make sure you utilize it every time you work out!
4. Never Workout Without Music!
Did you ever pay attention to the soundtrack of your favorite TV show or movie? Did you every wonder why certain songs were playing at certain times? Music evokes emotion, and emotion can carry you through even the toughest of workouts. I’ve had workouts totally come apart when the battery died on my iPod Touch!
Several studies have been conducted to show the effect of music on workouts. One study showed that upbeat, hard-driving music can increase your strength and intensity, while another study revealed that music has been shown to increase pain tolerance during a workout.
Putting on a pair of headphones also helps you to block out all of the distractions that loom at the gym (as previously noted). Sometimes, just hearing the opening beat of some of the tunes on my iPod gets me revved up – especially since I workout first thing in the morning (more on this in future issues of the newsletter).
Some of my favorite tunes on my workout list include a variety of genres:
- “Did it On Em”- Niki Minaj
- “ Sky Is The Limit”- Lil Wayne
- “I Told The Storm”- Greg ‘O Quinn & Joyful Noize
- “Through The Wire”- Kanye West
- “Hustle Hard (Remix)”- Ace Hood, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne
Make your own workout mix and get moving!
5. Stop Socializing at the Gym!
Every gym has one – I call him “the Mayor”. He’s the one who knows everyone and feels the need to come over and talk about just about anything. He’ll do his very uninspired set on one of the weight machines, often grunting loudly or distorting his face to get further attention, and when he finishes says “Whew!” loudly to no one in particular. The poor soul who acknowledges him will then be subjected to a 10-minute discussion on the economy, the presidential race, the stock market, or whatever strikes his fancy. He may even horse around with the personal trainers, who are now not watching their clients as they perform their sets.
You should avoid the Mayor at all costs – he will derail your fat loss efforts in an instant! In fact, you should avoid all interaction during your workout, with the exception of asking someone if they are using a particular weight or rack. If you’re following my advice above and working out to music, this is really easy to accomplish – just turn up your tunes and tune out the others.
6. Never Workout Without Consuming Protein Afterwards (and Sometimes Before)
I train first thing in the morning, so sometimes I drink a protein shake prior to heading to the gym, sometimes I don’t. There is a lot of debate over working out in a fasted state that I won’t get into here. Suffice it to say that consuming protein before your workout has been shown in research to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat, so it is a good idea to have a protein shake before a workout, especially if you’ll be working out later in the day.
You should always consume protein after a workout, preferably a protein shake made from whey protein isolate. I will go into much greater detail in subsequent newsletters about reliable brands, tasty recipes, etc. How much protein? Take your current body weight and divide by 5.5 – that is how many grams of protein should be in your post-workout shake. What about carbs? The conventional wisdom says that the number of grams of carbs in the post-workout shake should equal the number of grams of protein. BUT…what I have found through my research and practice is that post-workout shakes are more effective for fat loss if they are kept low in carbs. One of the aspects of protein consumption that will be covered later is exactly how many grams should be consumed in a day, and questions about safety concerns from ingesting large amounts of protein.
7. Stop Stretching Before Your Workout
Do you know how many people walk into the gym from the street and immediately start to stretch? Do you know how counter-productive this is?
First, there are two kinds of stretches – static and dynamic. An example of static is when you throw your leg up on a parallel bar or rack and bend at the waist until you feel a slight pull, then hold for a period of time. Static stretching before workouts is a very bad idea. Static stretching forces the muscle to relax, this making it weaker. When a muscle is weaker than its counterpart (for example if your hamstrings on the backs of your leg are weaker than your quadriceps in the front of your leg) it causes an imbalance that could lead to strains, tears and pulls.
Dynamic stretching is the way to go to get loose before your workout. We’ll cover this in greater detail in the future. For now, save your static stretching for any time other than before your workout.